Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Queensland Government targets Europe with new tourism marketing blitz

Queensland Government targets Europe with new tourism marketing blitz
November 29, 2019

In a recently launched tourism marketing blitz, the Queensland Government is promoting Queensland to Europe as the perfect destination to escape the European winter.

Two campaigns, worth more than $500,000 and expected to reach tens of millions of people, are aimed at promoting Great Barrier Reef holidays.

The campaign is being run by Tourism and Events Queensland in partnership with Tourism Tropical North Queensland, Townsville Enterprise Limited, Tourism Whitsundays, Mackay Tourism and Southern Great Barrier Reef RTOs Capricorn Enterprise, Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited and Bundaberg Tourism.

Member for Cairns Michael Healy said the campaigns were part of a wider marketing strategy by the government to capitalise on the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, noting “off the back of the government’s ground-breaking scUber campaign in May, which told the positive stories of the Reef to the world, we’re now launching these two retail campaigns which aim to drive conversion and bring international visitors here on holidays.

“One campaign, in partnership with Cairns Regional Council, Tourism Tropical North Queensland, Singapore Airlines and trade partners in Germany extends an already successful State Government campaign launched in Europe last month.

“It highlights the diversity of the Cairns and Great Barrier Reef region from the Reef to the rainforest, Indigenous and Outback experiences.

“The campaign has a strong content focus across print and digital outlets with the aim of expanding awareness about the diverse experiences on offer in Tropical North Queensland.”

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones added that the second campaign to launch this week is a partnership with all seven Reef RTOs along with Cathay Pacific and travel agent partners.

“This campaign features striking billboards across Munich, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt, supported by digital promotions.

“This reef-wide campaign follows the success of an industry-first joint campaign earlier this year which generated significant bookings to the reef. We’re going to build on that momentum.

“We know how valuable international visitors are to our tourism industry. The European market in particular are looking for adventurous holidays where they can swim, snorkel, walk through national parks, encounter wildlife and connect with nature.

“Being able to market vibrant images of the Great Barrier Reef regions against snowy backdrops is a wonderful way to jolt Europeans into action to book a Queensland holiday and that’s exactly what this campaign aims to do.

“The Great Barrier Reef generates $6 billion a year in direct economic activity and supports almost 59,000 full time jobs, highlighting how vital tourism is for Queensland’s regions.”

Tourism Tropical North Queensland Chief Executive Mark Olsen advised the campaign came at an opportune time after global interest in the Great Barrier Reef’s annual coral spawn commenting “Europeans would have seen news of the Great Barrier Reef regenerating and through this campaign will learn about the many ways they can experience nature at its best in the reef, rainforest and outback of Tropical North Queensland.”

Related Articles

2nd November 2019 - Great Barrier Reef island reborn as eco-friendly luxury holiday destination

30th August 2019 - Great Barrier Reef status downgraded to very poor for first time

21st July 2019 - Great Barrier Reef’s Heart Island opened up for helicopter excursions

26th June 2019 - Research shows Great Barrier Reef visitors understand climate threat

25th June 2019 - Underwater hotel planned for Great Barrier Reef

23rd May 2019 - World-first rideshare submarine experience launched on Great Barrier Reef

23rd April 2019 - Australian Marine Conservation Society welcomes Labor promise to reclaim Great Barrier Reef funding

17th April 2019 - Great Barrier Reef Tourism Operators call for Urgent Action from Australia’s politicians

17th March 2019 - Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Chief Executive appointment receives mixed reaction

18th February 2019 - Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority delivers training program for Reef guides

12th December 2018 - Australian Marine Conservation Society demands Adani court admission of Great Barrier Reef pollution

18th September 2018 - Coral Crusaders nursery aims to help Great Barrier Reef regeneration

18th July 2018 - Sunlover unveils dedicated Great Barrier Reef events venue

17th July 2018 - Australian Dolphins Swim Team to help raise awareness of threats to Great Barrier Reef

8th June 2018 - Coral bleaching leads to fall in domestic tourism to Great Barrier Reef

18th April 2018 - Massive extinction of Great Barrier Reef coral during 2016 marine heatwave

3rd April 2018 - 3D technology showcases the Great Barrier Reef

29th January 2018 - Far North Queensland tourism operators back Great Barrier Reef plastic straws ban

Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all


With its sleek good looks and easy-to-use yet powerful functionality, Envibe is the premium fitness club software for the Australasian leisure, recreation and fitness industry. We are the most…

read more

Aquatics / Fitness / Recreation / Technology



BODY BIKE® International is a leading manufacturer of indoor bikes with a 20-year track record of creating the best indoor bikes. Stay connected with Body Bike Australia…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness



At easyemployer we've come up with a software solution that manages one of your most important, and often most costly, business resources - your staff. We are helping 100s of clients to…

read more

Finance / Fitness / Technology


METRA Australia

With industry leading solutions in design and durability you can improve your facilities with our access control operations, payment systems and flexible personal locker storage solutions. Your…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Fitness / Recreation / Security


XBODY Australia Pty Ltd

PROVEN BUSINESS CONCEPTS WITH XBODY XBody’s goal is to see you and your EMS business succeed. That is why we don’t just sell equipment, we provide know-how, expert knowledge,…

read more

Fitness / Technology / Wellness



Gladstone Health & Leisure (Gladstone MRM Pty Ltd Australia) is a leading supplier of leisure management and fitness software and is endorsed by leading health and fitness professionals and…

read more

Access / Billing / Fitness / Technology / Venues



About Priava's Technology -  Priava is a cloud-based and centralised venue and event management system aimed at venues of all sizes. With its familiar and easy-to-use web interface, the…

read more

Attractions / Billing / Entertainment / Events / Technology



Vticket Pty Ltd is the Australian and New Zealand distributor for Gateway Ticketing Systems Inc., the world leader in high-speed access control, admission control and ticketing software for the…

read more

Attractions / Security / Technology / Ticketing / Venues


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business